Ok, who me exaggerate?
I ordered from UK's Royal Mint a commemorative £2 coin featuring the centenary of the Flying Scotsman, the train that travelled from London directly north to Edinburgh. I seem to recall it could travel at 160 km/h, 100 mph, which is terribly impressive for a steam train. The Flying Scotsman visited Australia some years ago and travelled around our country's rails with great success and adulation.
The commemorative £2 coin was priced at £21, but hey, I am a foreign type and I don't pay VAT, so £17. But with £12 postage added, I am up for £29 for a £2 coin.
Then the conversion rate by my bank kicked in and while it wasn't quite AU$50, it was close.
Anyway, I like my coin and I am happy with what I bought. You are really going to have click to enlarge to see these photos properly.
Ouch on the exchange rate. I have been hit hard by that beast too. Glad you are happy with your purchase though. I wonder how long before we get Charles on our coins?ReplyDelete
EC, I wonder how long Charles will be on our coins until replaced by William.Delete
I am sure it's worth the money you paid.ReplyDelete
Pradeep, it is for my pleasure. Most things in life are now like that😜Delete
29 gets you a 2 pound coin. It is commemorative coin, so I think it would be a part of history. Go for it, I'd say.ReplyDelete
I did Susan and I like it. Thanks.Delete
The coin is beautiful. I am a regular reader, but very infrequent commenter. Can I ask in your past life did you work for the railways, or just have an interest. Marie, MelbourneReplyDelete
Thanks Marie. Once of Melbourne Daily Photo or like that? I did work in public transport but not for the railways.Delete
A super coin indeed. We went to the National Railway Museum in York and saw it during one of our trips to England. I'm not sure if it is still on display there. Money exchange is a pain.ReplyDelete
Pat, we will be at that very museum in about a month's time. Long have I heard about the museum and it is a focus for our last visit to England. When we were in Canada, it was $ for $. Now we only get 90 of your cents for our dollar.Delete
You will love the museum.Delete
You certainly have a wide range of hobbies. I do not know the coins too well. However, it looks kind of special to me.ReplyDelete
Believe me Roentare, coin collecting is not one of my hobbies. I have a few coins I have saved over the year because they were special.Delete
Good Commemorative ‘anything’ costs….shame about the extra amount that happened along the way. Not connected to your ‘plight’ but the retail cost of year of birth coins marketed by Aus Post is huge compared to actual coin value. They come from the mint enclosed in special cardboard baby packs. I’m saving for the one I’m needing to buy this July!ReplyDelete
My grandad (and many others in his family) was ‘on the railways’ in Ireland - he worked his way up from granger to engine driver so steam has a place in our family.
Another grandchild Cathy. Odds on that one will be able to push you around in a wheelchair. I like spending money on things that are so unnecessary.Delete
A reliable and honest ganger could work their way up to being an engine driver. As I've seen, steam train driving is not easy and a competent driver is owed respect.
I'm glad you got your coin and are happy with it:)ReplyDelete
Sandra, we may eschew consumerism at times, but we all do it in our own way.Delete
Enjoy your hobby, I say. Best wishes, Andrew.ReplyDelete
Not a hobby at all Darla. More like I see, I want.Delete
lol Trains are very cool.Delete
That's a nice coin for a collection Andrew.ReplyDelete
Margaret, I think my coin collection exists of a round 50 cent piece, a colourful two dollar Aussie coin and this latest acquisition.Delete
not something I would ever buy, the exchange rate alone is enough to put me off as well as which child do I leave it to when I kick the bucket?ReplyDelete
River, the most avaricious child will realise it is worth something. We do have things of value here, some books that will sell for a lot.Delete
It looks very special and well worth the money if it pleases you, as clearly it does.ReplyDelete
You have it in one Jabblog. It is all about me.Delete
This is all new to me, I'm hearing about this train for the first time, and find it intriguing not just the train itself but when it took place. 1923 I assume. By that time there were autos and planes, as well as electric locomotives, though all those things would have been fairly new, and not yet the main mode of travel. I wonder if the people behind the Flying Scotsman weren't looking at all the newfangled competition, and figured that a highly publicized trip such as was undertook would be one way of staving off any perceived obsolescence on the public's part.ReplyDelete
Your thoughts are interesting Kirk. It would be a long time before the east coast mainline in England would be electrified. Flying for the common did not really take off until the 70s. The US may have had some freeways early but I think they were late coming to the UK. Steam trains were still running in the UK in the 1960s. I need to check when the last steam train in normal service ran on the east coast mainline. I am sure the Flying Scotsman has always been well publicised. Fast train travel on the English east coast mainline is now preferred by many people, including us who have a booked ticket in late May.Delete
Are you ready to go ride it?ReplyDelete
TP, I prefer more to watch and be up close.Delete
If you think that coin was dear, imagine the cost of loading up a locomotive to come to Australia on tour! I have heard of the Flying Scotsman but did really know anything about it. I have added it to my list of things that I want to see some day.ReplyDelete
Debby, it must have cost a fortune but it was very successful. There was even a steam train race.Delete
That's really a beautiful coin and keepsake, especially for you, Andrew, with your passion for trains.ReplyDelete
Strayer, my problem is I have an interest in many things and passion for none. But, thanks.Delete